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U.S. Naval Academy, Bancroft Hall, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, MD



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Location
Bancroft Hall, Annapolis, MD

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS MD-329-2
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-132).
Building/structure dates: 1901
Building/structure dates: 1939 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1962 subsequent work
National Register Number: 66000386
Significance: Bancroft Hall, the midshipmen's residence, is one of the three centerpieces of Ernest Flagg's grandiose plan for the Naval Academy. It is the largest, most complex, and richly decorated of the original Flagg buildings. The formal interior spaces and exterior elevations are lavish and where most of the Academy's major ceremonial activities, including the daily midshipmen's formation, take place. "Mother Bancroft" is said to be the largest contiguous set of academic dormitories in the U.S. In addition to its function as a dormitory, so many other functions take place here that it is said that a midshipman need never leave the building. Bancroft Hall was named for George Bancroft, Secretary of the Navy at the time of the founding of the Academy in 1845, in the cabinet of President James K. Polk.

Subjects
Military Education
Navies
Dormitories


Related Names
Bancroft, George
Flagg, Ernest
De Sibour, Jules Henri
Noel & Thomas
Hoffman Engineering & Construction Company
White, William S.
Lowe, John T., Photographer
Hnedak, D.. John, Historian
Davis, Janet, Historian


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. NORTHWEST, SHOWING YARD FROM CLOCK TOWER OF MAHAN HALL
2. NORTHWEST AND SOUTHWEST SIDES FROM TOP OF CHAPEL DOME
3. NORTHWEST FRONT, MEMORIAL HALL AND THIRD AND FOURTH WINGS
4. NORTHWEST FRONT, MEMORIAL HALL
5. DETAIL, CENTER DOOR, NORTHWEST FRONT, MEMORIAL HALL
6. DETAIL OF ORNAMENTATION ABOVE DOOR, NORTHWEST FRONT, MEMORIAL HALL
7. NORTHEAST SIDE, FOURTH WING
8. SOUTHEAST SIDE OF THE NORTHEAST COLONNADE BETWEEN BANCROFT HALL AND MACDONOUGH HALL
9. MEMORIAL HALL ROOF, LOOKING NORTHWESTWARD TO MAHAN HALL
10. ROOFTOPS, FOURTH AND SECOND WINGS, LOOKING SOUTHWEST FROM THE TOP OF MEMORIAL HALL ROOF.
11. ROOFTOPS, FIRST AND THIRD WINGS, LOOKING MORTHEAST FROM MEMORIAL HALL ROOF.
12. DETAIL OF ACROTERION, SOUTH CORNER OF MEMORIAL HALL
13. NORTHEAST SIDES, SEVENTH AND FIFTH WINGS
14. NORTHEAST SIDE OF THIRD AND FIFTH WINGS FROM MACDONOUGH HALL
15. NORTHEAST SIDE OF THIRD WING
16. NORTHEAST SIDE (NORT SECTION) OF THIRD WING
17. MAIN FLOOR, ROTUNDA, LOOKING SOUTH
18. MAIN FLOOR, ROTUNDA, VIEW FROM ABOVE
19. MAIN FLOOR, ROTUNDA, VIEW TOWARD ENTRANCE WAY
20. MAIN FLOOR, ROTUNDA, LOOKING TOWARD STAIRS TO MEMORIAL HALL
21. MAIN FLOOR, ROTUNDA, DETAIL OF SIDE STAIRS
22. MAIN FLOOR, MEMORIAL HALL, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
23. MAIN FLOOR, MEMORIAL HALL, LOOKING NORTHEAST
24. MAIN FLOOR, DETAIL OF CEILING, MEMORIAL HALL
25. MAIN FLOOR, SKYLIGHT ROOM ABOVE MEMORIAL HALL
26. DETAIL OF SUSPENDED CEILING, MEMORIAL HALL
27. NORTHEAST SECTION OF MEMORIAL HALL, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
28. DETAIL OF SCONCES, MEMORIAL HALL
29. SOUTHWEST SIDE OF THE SECOND AND FOURTH WINGS
30. DETAIL OF BALUSTRADE
31. NORTHEAST SIDE OF SIXTH WING
32. SOUTHEAST COLONNADE BETWEEN DAHLGREN HALL AND BANCROFT HALL
33. SOUTHEAST SIDE OF MEMORIAL HALL
34. WEST CORNER OF MEMORIAL HALL
35. DETAILS OF WINDOWS, SOUTHEAST SIDE OF MEMORIAL HALL
36. WEST CORNER, MEMORIAL HALL, CLOSE-UP VIEW
37. SOUTHWEST FRONT, MEMORIAL HALL XEROGRAPHIC COPIES OF COLOR TRANSPARENCIES


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